The Yakovlev Yak-38 (Russian: Яковлев Як-38; NATO reporting name: “Forger”) was Soviet Naval Aviation’s only operational VTOL strike fighter aircraft in addition to being its first operational carrier-based fixed-wing aircraft. It was developed specifically for, and served almost exclusively on, the Kiev-class aircraft carriers (heavy aviation cruiser in Russian classification).

Vadim Zadorozhny’s Museum of Equipment, Moscow

Years of production: 1974-1989

Country of origin: USSR

Issued: 231 items

Weight: 7.5 t

Speed: 1210 km / h

Ceiling: 12000 m

Crew: 1 person

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